Degree Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts: Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Program of Study (20 units)

  • PIANO 561 Applied Piano (6 units)
  • PIANO 340 Recital Hour (0 units but registration required each quarter)
  • Pedagogy Coursework (5 units)
    PIANO 415-1
    PIANO 415-2
    PIANO 415-3
    PIANO 420
    PIANO 459
  • MUSIC 540 Doctoral Music Research (1 unit; offered in fall quarter)
  • MUSICOL 400 Graduate Review of History (1 unit, offered in winter quarter)
  • MUS THEORY Coursework (1 unit)
    To cover the Music Theory coursework requirement, one of the following courses must be taken*:
    MUS_THRY 316 16th Century Counterpoint (fall)
    MUS_THRY 435 Theory of Melody (winter)
    MUS_THRY 355 Post Tonal Analysis (winter)
    MUS_THRY 318 18th Century Counterpoint (spring)
    MUS_THRY 435 Advanced Tonal Analysis/Analysis of 19th Century Music (spring)
  • Electives in Music Studies, 300-level or above (2 units)
  • Electives in Music, 300-level or above (2 units)
  • PIANO 580 Recital (0 units; 4 registrations required)
  • PIANO 583 Final Pedagogy Workshop (0 units)
  • PIANO 585 Lecture/Recital (1 unit)
  • PIANO 595 Final Project Requirement (1 unit)


Four recitals are required. The final recital is a full-length program (60 to 75 minutes) of solo literature from various periods. Learn more about DMA Recital Requirements

Qualifying Examination

*If three courses are taken out of the four courses for the Music Theory Requirement, DMA students will have the option to waive the theory qualifying examination. Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in each of the three courses to achieve the exemption. Learn more about DMA Qualifying Examinations

Final Project Requirement

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